July 2010

MLB Urban Youth Academy Wins 2010 Breakthrough Series



Third-annual event hosted in Triangle-area of N.C. for the first time


DURHAM, N.C. — The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy (UYA) defeated the Major League Scouting Bureau (MLSB), 9-6, to win the third annual Breakthrough Series on Thursday.  The game was held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, following two days of games and pro-style workouts at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.


The White Sox defeated Mentoring Viable Prospects (MVP) in the bronze medal game, held prior to the gold medal final, 6-3.


A recap of Thursday’s action is as follows:


UYA (9), MLSB (6) — The Urban Youth Academy (3-0) won the gold medal game over the Major League Scouting Bureau (1-2), Thursday, 9-6.  The MLSB got out to an early lead, scoring five runs in the top half of the second.  Michael Joyner, Jr. hit a two-run double, while Deion Williams added an RBI single of his own.  The lead was short lived, however, as the UYA staged a two-out, five-run rally in the bottom of the third.  Darrell Miller, Jr. highlighted the inning with a two-run single, and Juan Avena followed with a double, knocking in the UYA catcher.  After a scoreless fourth and fifth, UYA plated four unearned runs in the sixth inning to put the game away.  The MLSB scored a run in the final frame to pull within three, but the rally fell short.  Miller led all UYA hitters, going 2-for-3, and Matt Oliver was awarded the win after closing out the game with four innings of three-hit, one-run relief with six strikeouts. 

The gold medal game is scheduled to air tape delayed on the MLB Network at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.

White Sox (6), MVP (3) — The White Sox (2-1) defeated MVP (0-3), 6-3, on Thursday, in the bronze medal game.  The Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two, behind an RBI double in the second by Ty Washington.  MVP answered with two runs in the third and one more in its half of the fifth, but the Sox pulled away with two runs of its own to push to the score to 6-3.  Starter Carlos Rodon went three innings, allowing only one run on two hits, while striking out three for the win.  Washington was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with one run scored.

Held at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. from 2008-2009, the Breakthrough Series is designed to showcase rising high school junior and senior baseball players from urban areas throughout the United States.  Invited athletes typically have not participated in other travel and high-end tournaments prior to the Breakthrough Series, providing them with an opportunity for exposure.

Many college coaches attend the event to recruit players who demonstrate outstanding potential but who may not have had the opportunity for exposure through other summer events. The tournament consists of eighty players selected by the Major League Scouting Bureau, the MLB Urban Youth Academy, the Atlanta-based organization Mentoring Viable Prospects (MVP), the Chicago White Sox and USA Baseball. USA Baseball has worked with the athletes to facilitate communication between players and college recruiters.

This 2010 Breakthrough Series features athletes from across the U.S., making it a truly national showcase event. USA Baseball has paid for each player’s expenses and has worked closely with all of the selected participants leading up to and during the event, distributing information to both players and parents.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to top player in college baseball.  For more information, please visit http://www.USABaseball.com and http://www.GoldenSpikesAward.com.



Field Trip to Dodger Stadium Wed. August 18, 2010

Hello everyone,

We have a field trip.  Please read the flyer.

Thank you,


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Palomino West Zone Tournament to be hosted at the Urban Youth Academy!

Good afternoon everyone!

Pony Baseball is hosting the “Palomino West Zone Tournament” this Saturday July 31, until August 3rd, 2010. The tournament will be held at the Urban Youth Academy, with one of our baseball teams competing in the 3 day event. There will be a $5 cover charge at the game to attend and watch the games!

Games on saturday will start at 12:30pm on the Auxiliary Field. Please come out and watch the games and have some fun!!!

If you have any questions, you may contact Kristen Aufdemberg at Kristen.Aufdemberg@mlb.com


Thank you,

UYA Staff


Because of field maintenance, both
the Show and Aux fields will be closed this Sunday and Monday, July 18 and 19.
Consequently, there will not be any events on these fields on those

California Collegiate League All-Star Game @ the ACADEMY

California Collegiate All-Star Game

July 14, 7 p.m. – Academy Show Field

Broadcast Live on Fox Sports

Click here for California Collegiate All Star League Information

Here is the information about this Game:

July 14 at 7:00 PM the top 50 prospects of the California Collegiate League gather for an exhibition game designed to showcase the talents of players highlighting the league this season…this is the second edition of the CCL All Star game…last year the CCL Americans won the inaugural game over the CCL Nationals 14-6…SS Brandon Loy (Santa Barbara Foresters, University of Texas) was the 2009 All Star Game MVP (2-for-3, 3RBI)…the managers for the game are selected based on their team’s standing in league play as of July 1…Chal Fanning, SLO Blues, held the best record in the league on July 1 (14-6, .700) and will manage the CCL Nationals, Bill Pintard, SB Foresters, held the second-best league record (11-5, .688) and will manage the CCL Americans…CCL Nationals will be the home team…all players will wear their college hat and summer team jersey…the CCL Nationals will be dressed in gray uniforms and occupy the 3rd-base dugout, the CCL Americans will be in white and occupy the 1st-base dugout…the all-star game is being televised live by Fox Sports and will be rebroadcast multiple times in July and August.

Come out for the game!! Everyone is invited.  Entrance is free to all kids. 

Thank you!!


Academy Updates July 10, 2010

Hello everyone,

First update:

Happy Saturday and Welcome to ACADEMY UPDATES!!!!

For those kids who signed up for the 3rd Session of Summer Camps please arrive at least 20 minutes early so that you will get your Academy Shirt.  Instructional Session starts immediately at 9:00 AM! 

Your Academy shirt will be the uniform for the week.  We will see you on Monday bright and early!! 

 Second Update:

 The question that I get asked the most from parents is: What happens after the Camps what are you guy s offering?!!

 Answer: After the Camps are over, we will be sending out a schedule of Instruction for the different age groups.

We have future field trips to ball games and clinics!!  The summer camps are just the beginning for our Little Leaguers!!!!